August 28: Restoration of the Land

There are spiritual enemies of God and political enemies of Israel who believe that, because of Israel’s rebellion, God’s promise to Israel is forever broken.  These enemies use verses like these:

Jeremiah 11:1-8

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Listen to the terms of this covenant and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem.  Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant—  the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.  Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey’—the land you possess today.”

I answered, “Amen, Lord.”

 The Lord said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and follow them.  From the time I brought your ancestors up from Egypt until today, I warned them again and again, saying, “Obey me.”  But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts. So I brought on them all the curses of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.’”

However, God will never break His promises to Israel.  Yes, He disciplined her because of her rebellion and sent her out of the land.  But then not only did He bring her back into a restored land, but He also gave her a New Covenant and is restoring the Jews to be a holy people.



On June 7,1099 Crusaders reached the summit of this mountain and saw Jerusalem in the distance. They fell to their knees and wept for joy. A fort was built here and called Mount of Joy.

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